Thursday, September 27, 2007

Adoption fundraiser!

My friends Aaron and Jamie are adopting a little boy from Haiti. To help cover costs, they are doing a fundraiser - through a special Internet offer you can get magazines for up to 90% off of the cover price AND 40% of your purchase will benefit Aaron and Jamie for their adoption. It’s a great time to get a head start on Holiday shopping! Check out the magazines HERE.

There are over 650 magazines to choose from, but most importantly:

Digital Scrapbooking is 52% off
Memory Makers is 64% off
Paper Crafts is 55% off
Scrapbooks, Etc is 48% off
Simple Scrapbooks is 33% off

I just wanted to spread the word for them. Hope you need a magazine subscription or two. :)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Cute gift card holder

My niece, Alexis, needed to make a gift card holder for a birthday present, so of course I was ready to help. These little holders are REALLY easy to make - Lexi is only eight and she did just fine making this one.

Isn't it cute the way the card slides out with the ribbon? (The ribbon keeps it from falling out of the bottom, too.)

I'm sure I'll be making a bunch of these for Christmas!! (With a LOT more embellishments!!!)

Don't forget to enter your Miracle for the Blog Candy below!! :)

Happy Stamping!

Materials (All SU!)
Card stock: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink
Stamps: It's All Good
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, 1.25" circle punch, 1/4" circle punch, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, 2-way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Paper Piercing Tool, Scallop Circle Punch

Sunday, September 16, 2007


I finally got a tidbit of free time to scan all the sweet birthday cards I've received over the past week. I was honestly surprised with each card!! I had NO idea I would be receiving so many card...I didn't even know I would be getting ANY, let alone EIGHT!!

I've had a rough few weeks with work issues and my niece being so sick so these cards were just the thing to brighten up my days. Many, many thanks!! Enjoy the cards, I know I am! (If any of you gals who sent them have blogs you would like me to link to, just email me!!! I'd love to post the address!)

First, here are the cards that I recieved from my own Stampin' Up! group -The TOPICS (Touching Others with Paper, Ink, Creativity, and Stamps!).

First, from Penny, my fabulous Upline!!

This one is from Connie:
This one is from Pam:

This one is from Carolyn:

This is from Trudy:

And this one is from a Mystery Card Brigader - it wasn't signed! Let me know if it's from YOU! :) (It's my son's favorite one!)

And these are from SCS gals...
This one is from Lisa Mowry:

And this one is from Debi:

Again, I am SO grateful for all your well wishes and kind thoughts. Turning Twenty-Eleven isn't so bad when you have so many sweet friends! :)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Many many thanks!

Thank you to everyone who has sent me a birthday card!! I am truly overwhelmed! I've never received so many birthday cards before. I promise to scan them all this weekend and put them here so everyone can see how creative and sweet you all are. {HUGS!}

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Stamping, what?

As posted a few days ago, my precious new niece was welcomed into the world on the 27th. And then things got rough... Little Alyssa was in the hospital all last week - she had to be air lifted into Houston from a smaller local hospital. It was terrifying. She was diagnosed with bacterial spinal meningitis at only 8 days old. Last week was rough - we spent a lot of time in prayer and worry for her life. Thank God, she was able to come home on Saturday.

Isn't it amazing how the things that would have normally been Top Priority can be thrown so quickly into perspective when things like this happen? And isn't it wonderful when God works a miracle?

Do YOU believe in miracles? Not just in the big things like this, but little every day miracles... Just making it to the gas station even when the E has been blinking for 2 miles, having the exact amount of change at the tollway, finding a perfect parking place in the rain...

Let's have some Blog Candy!

Tell me about a miracle that happened in your life. I'll keep the entries open for a while - let's overwhelm each other with stories of hope. On the 28th I'll do a random drawing from all the entries with a Miracle Moment comment and the winner will receive a set of Color Box Petal Point Fluid Chalk Pads by Stampin' Up! (retired).

I'll start...

My biggest miracles are most definitely my kids. If you haven't followed my other blog you may not know that I'm an infertility disaster. (Hi, my name is Abra Leah and I have PCOS, LPD, IC, hypothyroid, and a partridge in my pear tree.) Our Chloe girl was conceived after many failed cycles, chemical pregnancies, and early losses. I haunted pregnancy boards, blogs, and online communities while trying a million different tips, hints, and old wives tales. Pineapple juice, Robitussin, you name it. I have my own speculum, people. Oh, the charts I did take! Finally after many ugly dances with Clomid and progesterone and the mighty power of prayer...

Chloe Elizabeth - born 6 weeks early (I had pre-ecclampsia, yes I paid for my ObGyn's house) on June 30, 2004. She was 4 pounds 11 ounces, 19 inches long. She was our little NICU baby, but we were lucky that she came home earlier than many.

We thought that she was miracle enough for us! In fact, we had decided that we wouldn't go through fertility treatments again. (Did I mention that I turn into something Very Very Mean on fertility drugs?) We've always felt called to adoption, and so we felt that would be our future.

When Chloe was 9 months old I thought I had a horrible case of the flu. Turns out it was the 9-month flu - God wasn't through with working miracles for us! On October 25, 2005, we met our Bradley Allen face to face. His 7 pounds 5 ounces and 21.7 inches seemed huge compared to his sister!

And now, here it is almost my 31st birthday and I just cannot believe how very blessed I am. I married my best friend. I have a darling family. I love my jobs (teaching AND stamping!) and I have precious friends. Wow! Everyday is a miracle when you are surrounded by such love.

Your turn!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Bye-bye, Ninnies!

It has been past time for our kids to give up their ninnies (pacifiers), but it has been a horrible battle with much bloodshed and tears (mostly from me). So, today we set out to bid farewell to the precious ninnies. We decided to have the kids put their ninnies into Build-a-bear pets so that they could still feel them, but not actually have them. They LOVED it!

They are now the proud owners of Ninny Dog and Ninny Cat.

Let's hope they are this happy tonight when they go to bed ninny-less!

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